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These rings were basically mammoth soldering jobs. I made a framework structure in silver wire, then decorated it with leaves and flowers. I only used hard solder. To achieve these, I cut some dies in mild steel and used these to stamp some three-dimensionality onto cut-out elements and melted blobs. It all took a while, but I think the results are worth it.

 

More foliage rings here:

Foliage ring: silver, lapis lazuli

Foliage ring: silver, lapis lazuli

Foliage Ring: labradorite, silver

Foliage Ring: labradorite, silver

I found a shard of crockery near Kalk Bay harbour. It depicted mostly foliage, but there were some structures in the one corner. Here’s a scan of it.

Scan 3

 

Not long after that I bought a lovely big oval lapis lazuli. The blue made me think of cobalt glazes, and I thought of the shard. I made this pendant, which has some faint reference to my find.

Pendant: silver, lapis lazuli

Pendant: silver, lapis lazuli

I got this glorious faceted Hessonite garnet from a dealer who goes to India. It’s big, slightly cloudy and very red. I used wax wire to make the ring. It didn’t all fill, and I had to rebuild a section of the ring after casting.

I carved this moon face from a turquoise cab that I bought. It looks like Iranian turquoise. The dealer got it in India.

I thought it would be nice for a blue moon. I carved the face using diamond bits that I cadged off the dentist, and polished it with diamond gel on felt buffs and bamboo points. I carved the ring in wax and had it cast.

More carved faces here.